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The Hay Festival is one of the most prestigious cultural and literary events in the world. For the last nine years the University of Cambridge has been partnering with the Festival to deliver The Cambridge Series which gives a taste of the research being conducted at the University.

The Series is part of the University’s public engagement work and draws on the University’s two flagship public engagement events, the Cambridge Science Festival and the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

As a part of the Cambridge Series, Professor Daping Chu, Director of Centre for Photonic Devices and Sensors and Director of the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE) outlines his work on the car of the future and the use of Head-Up Display technology together with his JLR collaborators. Their talk entitled “The car of the future – with head-up technology” (link1) was at 4pm on Saturday 3 July 2017.

The sound track of the talk is here (link2).”

The news link (link1) is at:

and the sound track link (link2) is at:

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 CAPE Acorn Blue Sky Research Award.

This year there are two winning projects:

1. Full 360° 3D Light Field Capture and Display System by Özgür YONTEM & Kun LI

2. Liquid crystal on SI with Carbon nanotube IC driver by Guofnag ZHONG.

Congratulations to the winners!

A ‘head-up’ display for passenger vehicles developed at Cambridge, the first to incorporate holographic techniques, has been incorporated  into Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.

Cambridge researchers have developed a new type of head-up display for vehicles which is the first to use laser holographic techniques to  project information such as speed, direction and navigation onto the windscreen so the driver doesn’t have to take their eyes off the road.  The technology – which was conceptualised in the University’s Department of Engineering more than a decade ago – is now available on  all Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. According to the researchers behind the technology, it is another step towards cars which provide a fully  immersive experience, or could even improve safety by monitoring driver behaviour.

“We’re moving towards a fully immersive driver experience in cars, and we think holographic technology could be a big part of that, by providing important information, or even by encouraging good driver behaviour,” said one of the technology’s developers, Professor Daping Chu of the University’s Department of Engineering, who is also Chairman of the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE).

To see more:

Cambridge University News:

Department of Electrical Engineering News:

(Article: Sarah Collins, Communications Office, Cambridge University)

CAPE is inviting CUED post-graduate students, either individually or in small teams, to participate in the new CAPE Acorn Post-graduate Award 2016 by submitting a research idea on any engineering-related topic addressing a technological or societal need. The Award includes funding support for a short project of 3 months’ duration to run in parallel with their current research and post-grad studies.

All participants must have the approval of their Supervisor.

Closing date for submission:     Monday 18 January 2016

For further details on how to apply, the Call can be downloaded here.


CAPE Office


Monday 12 October 2015                                                                             2:00pm    Seminar Room                                                           Electrical Engineering, Dept. of Engineering 9 JJ Thomson Avenue

  Speaker: Carlos Lee, Director General of EPIC

EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium Everyone is welcome. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided from 1:45pm.   Abstract:

Photonics is one of the six key enabling technologies recognized by the European Commission, and is well placed to address our most pressing societal challenges. There is no doubt that photonics is revolutionizing the world and will have an influence similar to the semiconductor industry. Photonics includes all technologies that use light, create light, detect light, or modify light. Photonics is having a profound impact on a very diverse range of applications such as agriculture, energy, entertainment, life science, transport, security, etc. The photonics industry is very rich in Europe with more than 5000 companies, but as an emerging industry, most of these companies are small and young.

The presentation will address a variety of topics including technology applications, markets, and opportunities for Europe with regards to manufacturing, competitiveness, industrialization, collaboration, employment, and regional economic impact.

Carlos Lee is Director General at EPIC, Europe’s photonics industry association. As part of the EPIC mission, Carlos works closely with industrial photonic companies to ensure a vibrant and competitive ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement.

He brings with him a strong background in microelectronics which was acquired through several management positions held at the international association SEMI. He has been responsible in Europe for the SEMI International Standards program, managed technical and executive programs, and together with the advisory board advocated for a more competitive semiconductor and photovoltaic manufacturing industry.